4 CD Lot ~ 2 2 Disc Live Sets * Sting ~ Bring On The Night + The Police ~ Live!

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  • Sold Date: Dec 06, 2011
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Disc 1 ~ 1 Next to You 2 So Lonely 3 Truth Hits Everybody 4 Walking on the Moon 5 Hole in My Life 6 Fall Out 7 Bring on the Night 8 Message in a Bottle 9 The Bed's Too Big Without You 10 Peanuts 11 Roxanne 12 Can't Stand Losing You 13 Landlord 14 Born in the 50's 15 Be My Girl/Sally

Disc 2 ~ 1 Synchronicity I 2 Synchronicity II 3 Walking in Your Footsteps 4 Message in a Bottle 5 O My God 6 De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da 7 Wrapped Around Your Finger 8 Tea in the Sahara 9 Spirits in the Material World 10 King of Pain 11 Don't Stand So Close to Me 12 Every Breath You Take 13 Roxanne 14 Can't Stand Losing You 15 So Lonely

Consisting of one disc recorded from a Boston radio broadcast in 1979 and the other from a large concert hall in Atlanta in 1983, Live! demonstrates the evolution of the Police's sound while showing off their ability to perform onstage. Aside from the track listings (although several of the same tracks are found on both discs), there are notable differences between the two concerts. The production is the most obvious. The 1979 recording, sounding raw like a well-done bootleg, is mixed for a punk band, which the Police largely were at the time. The Atlanta recording is slick and professional, perfect for the world-famous pop stars they had become. The second major difference is the performances themselves. In the Boston concert, because they had less material to fill an entire show, the band extended the songs by improvising on themes and progressions (while at the same time frequently lead-footing the tempos). In contrast, the Atlanta show featured a denser mix. Three backup singers doubled the number of people onstage, while the songs were moody and atmospheric. Again the band expanded on its arrangements. You won't hear your favorite licks from many of these songs, but the fair exchange is getting to hear drummer Stewart Copeland's inspired improvised fills; Andy Summers's cautious, delicate guitar textures; and Sting's rasta chants. Aside from being a transcendent live album, this collection makes it very clear that the Police were so much more than just Sting and "two other guys." Quite the opposite is true. It testifies not only to the strength of the songwriting but, more important, to the band's musicianship. The Police were a perfect musical trinity, each member an indispensable and inseparable part of the whole. --Beth Massa

Disc 1 ~ 1 Bring on the Night/When the World Is Running Down You Make the Best O 2 Consider Me Gone 3 Low Life 4 We Work the Black Seam 5 Driven to Tears 6 The Dream of the Blue Turtles/Demolition Man

Disc 2 ~ 1 One World (Not Three)/Love Is the Seventh Wave 2 Moon Over Bourbon Street 3 I Burn for You 4 Another Day 5 Children's Crusade 6 Down So Long 7 Tea in the Sahara

This live album was made in the time after Sting's first solo album, The Dream of the Blue Turtles. The band includes Sting on lead vocals and 6-string guitar, four musicians that each have a resume to die for (Omar Hakim on drums, Darryl Jones on bass, Kenny Kirkland on keyboard, and Branford Marsalis on sax), plus backup vocals and some percussion provided by Dolette McDonald (who also sang on the The Police's "Syncronicity" tour) and Janice Pendarvis.
There are a total of 16 songs here, including 3 medleys of 3 songs each. 8 songs are from The Police. Instead of going after the hits we've all seen on too many compilations, Sting goes for songs that are more obscure, but none the less great. I'm a die-hard Police fan, and trust me when I say that Sting does NOT butcher these songs -- he digs up these gems and turns them into pieces that sound equally beautiful with a jazz band. The disc starts off with a long but up-beat medley of "Bring On The Night" and "When The World Is Running Down", that just never loses energy. Sting also reforms "Low Life" (a former B-side) and brings a new melancholy t...